Vitamin A – The Holy Grail
Vitamin A is one of the most powerful ingredients used in cosmeceutical skincare, as we age; we lose volume and bounce in our skin, Vitamin A works by thickening the dermis and stimulating the production of collagen and elastin. In its complexity it works to re-programme and normalise our skin cells, therefore can treat a number of different skin conditions.
So which Vitamin A is for me?
Here are the top picks for common skin complaints –
Synergie - Ultimate A serum:
This lightweight serum has a beautiful fragrance and soft texture. It is used after cleansing at night.
Its use of “Retinol Molecular” has a unique and effective delivery method into the skin without causing irritation.
What it will achieve – the skin’s health and vitality, visibly prevents and reduces fine lines, increased cell turnover resulting in an overall improvement of texture and tone.
Skin Medica – Lytera:
Lytera is a luxury, silky textured, complex combination of active ingredients including Viatmin B (Niacinamide), Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and Vitamin A (Retinol)
Sun damage, hormones imbalances and skin trauma such as acne scarring are the main causes of pigmentation and hyperpigmentation on our skin. The skin can appear uneven in tone, scattered patches of pigment commonly across the forehead, cheeks and upper lip.
This combination of ingredients will help to even out skin tone, lighten visible dark spots, brighten the skin and inhibit the production of melanin to prevent pigment darkening further.
Osmosis MD Calm:
This is a lightweight serum that can be used twice a day, it has a gentle approach to treating a sensitive or rosacea skin type. Its formulation of a low level vitamin A (Retinaldahyde), Vitamin B (Niacinamide) and anti-inflammatories such as Sea Buckthorn assist in reducing redness and strengthening the barrier function of the skin.
Cosmedix - Clarity:
This serum is perfect for a congested or acne prone skin. Its combination of gentle actives to include Vitamin A (Retinol), salicylic acid and Vitamin B (niacinamide) help to decongest, cleanse pores, reduce sebum production and regulate oil flow to balance the skin and prevent further breakouts.
How to use a Vitamin A safely
Due to the nature of vitamin A stimulating rapid cell turnover, transitioning slowly onto your product is advised.
Commonly when starting out, use every 3rd night for 2 weeks, then every 2nd night for 2 weeks increasing to every night (may vary as per individual).